Third Sector Health Hubs

What they are and organisations you can meet

What are Third Sector Health Hubs?

We offer regular third sector hubs at the practice. They allow people (from any surgery) to come along to meet organisations and staff for information, and to chat about how they can get help locally.

The types of information available include how to get community support involving carers, advocacy, financial information, volunteering, and much more.

Which organisations attend?

The organisations attending a health hub may include:

  • Angus Alcohol and Drug Partnership (AADP): We provide information and advice regarding drug and alcohol support, treatment and recovery opportunities that are available in Angus.
  • ANGUSalive Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Service: Based across our libraries in Angus free booklets available at Arbroath, Carnoustie, Monifieth and Kirriemuir, volunteer led drop in service Kirriemuir, Carnoustie and Arbroath, volunteer facilitated “Meet People Like You” time Carnoustie and Arbroath. Service expansion to Forfar, Montrose and Brechin from February.
  • Angus Citizens Advice Bureau: Provides free, confidential, independent and impartial advice and information across a wide range of topics to all residents of Angus.
  • Angus Falls Service: If you have had a fall, history of falls, fear of falling, feel unsteady, poor balance, low bone density or family history of osteoporosis you can access this service by phone support, written information, home visit, level 1&2 assessment, a range of services/equipment to help with daily living, refer to appropriate services and access to Better Balance classes. Don't wait to have a fall to contact.
  • Angus Independent Advocacy: ‘Have you or someone close to you recently been diagnosed with Dementia? Would you like to be more connected to your local community? We can support you to have your voice heard and enable you to access the right services. If the answer to these questions is ‘yes’, you may benefit from Independent Advocacy.’
  • Angus Women's Aid: A confidential service, offering support to women, children and young people who have experienced domestic abuse.
  • Children's Health Scotland: The only charity in Scotland dedicated to informing, promoting and campaigning on behalf of the needs of all sick children and young people within our healthcare system. We make sure children and young people get the treatment they need.
  • Dundee & Angus ADHD Support: provides services to support and empower children, young people and parents/carers affected by Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) - giving information and advice about the condition, individual and confidential parent support, workshops for parents, monthly support group meetings and youth groups for children with ADHD.
  • Hear Me: Provides FREE and CONFIDENTIAL counselling either face to face or over the telephone for men, women and children (aged 8+) who have been sexually abused or sexually exploited. Pathways to the future is an integrative support service that is free and confidential for survivors of abuse in Angus (12 years +).
  • Home Energy Advice Team (HEAT): The HEAT, managed by Scarf/funded by Angus Council, provide free, impartial advice on keeping your house warmer and lowering your fuel bills. Specialist advisors provide free home visits to all householders in Angus.
  • Home Energy Scotland (HES): Expert advisors offer free, impartial advice on energy saving, keeping warm at home, renewable energy, greener travel, cutting water waste and more.
  • Housing Solutions: Together housing and OT promote the range of solutions that can be considered to support people living in the community providing advice and information on housing options, technology, equipment, and adaptations across all tenures.
  • Move More ANGUSalive: If you are living with or beyond cancer in Angus, Macmillan and ANGUSalive offer a free programme to help you get and stay active. Our activities are suitable for everyone, regardless of where you are in your cancer journey.
  • North East Sensory Service (NESS): Achieving independence for blind and deaf people. In Angus we provide rehabilitation services, equipment advice, groups and one to one volunteer support.
  • Penumbra: Penumbra provides two services in Forfar and Kirriemuir Area: the Angus Suicide Prevention and Support Service and the Nova Service. The Angus Nova Service is available to any-one over 16 experiencing mental health challenges. They help to find ways to manage your mental health and wellbeing, access activities, groups, education, work and Penumbra Carers Short Breaks.
  • SPFL- Football Fans in Training: Open to both men and women, FFIT provides participants with an opportunity to become healthier, lose weight, and become fitter at the same time.
  • Trading Standards — Angus Council: A local government service that works to protect consumers and support legitimate business. We raise awareness of scams and talking about our Financial Harm Project to protect people affected by dementia, supported by the Life Changes Trust.
  • Vegetarian For Life: Vegetarian for life is a non-profit organisation offering recipes, menu planners and a range of free publications on nutrition, cooking on a budget, and guides to catering on behalf of older vegetarians and vegans.   
  • Voluntary Action Angus (VAA): Supports the growth of volunteering, social enterprise and local third sector development and social prescribing.

If there's a particular organisation you want to meet, please check they will be in attendance by contacting Ashley McGregor, Patient Support Advisor - see the contact details in the panel.

A photo from a previous Health Hub

Interested?

The next dates for our Third Sector Health Hubs are:

  • 17 February 2020, 2pm - 3:30pm
  • 16 March 2020, 2pm - 3:30pm CANCELLED
  • 20 April 2020, 2pm - 3:30pm CANCELLED

If you are interested in finding out more about local organisations who may be able to offer support, please look out for posters in the practice and on our news page and social media.

For more general information please contact Ashley, our Patient Support Advisor, on Ashley.Mcgregor3@nhs.scot or phone 01307 462316.

A photo from a previous Health Hub
Academy Medical Centre

We are one of the largest GP practices in Tayside, Scotland, with approximately 10,000 patients on our list.

The surgery is open Monday to Friday from 8am - 6pm (except public holidays).

Academy Medical Centre
Academy Street
Forfar
DD8 2HA
Tel: 01307 462316
Email: academymc.tayside@nhs.scot